Writing Competitions

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Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

International Competition for an Illustrated Children’s Book Project CLAIRVOYANTS 2020

The International Competition for an Illustrated Children’s Book Project CLAIRVOYANTS 2020 is open until December 15, 2020. The illustrated children’s book should be in English or Polish. Your submission should include a storyboard or a script of the whole book, together with 3 finished double spreads and a summary in English (obligatory) and in Polish […]

Ottery St Mary Creative Writing Competition

The Ottery St Mary Creative Writing Competition is open for entries until the 15th September 2020. Free to enter. Theme : ‘Memory’. Poems or short stories should be no longer than 500 words. The competition will be judged in two categories, under 18 and over 18. The top prize in each category is £50. More […]

The National Poetry Competition 2020

The National Poetry Competition 2020 is open until October 31, 2020. Submit unpublished poems of up to 40 lines. Open to anyone aged 18 or over. Prizes: £5000, £2000, £1000. Commendations: £200 Judges: Neil Astley, Jonathan Edwards, Karen McCarthy Woolf Entry fee: £7 for the first poem. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £4 […]

Mountaineering Scotland Mountain Writing Competition 2020

The Mountaineering Scotland Mountain Writing Competition 2020 is open until August 31, 2020. Mountaineering Scotland invites people to put into writing their experience of the hills and mountains. Entries can be fact or fiction, as long as the subject matter has a connection with any aspect of mountaineering, rock climbing, walking or ski mountaineering / […]

Women Poets’ Prize 2020

The Women Poets’ Prize 2020 is open until August 14, 2020. Free to enter. The biennial Women Poets’ Prize is administrated by the Rebecca Swift Foundation. The prize pot for this year includes: • a £1000 cash bursary, • a poetry mentor for the duration of a year, • the offer of pastoral coaching, • […]

Costa Short Story Award 2020

The Costa Short Story Award 2020 is open until August 28, 2020 (5pm). The Award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words written in English. Open to any writer, published or unpublished, aged 18 years or over and resident in the UK or Ireland who submit their stories anonymously […]

Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020

The Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020 is open until September 21, 2020. Four categories: memoir & life writing, short story, flash fiction, and children’s & young adult novel. Children’s & Young Adult Novel First prize is £5,000 Entry fee: £25 Memoir & Life Writing First prize is £5,000 Entry fee: £25 Short Story First […]

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction is open until October 23, 2020. Free to enter. Open to anyone 18 years or over who is a resident of the UK. The prize comes from Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire. Submit stories of between 2,000 and 6,000 words on the theme Home, along […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until September 30, 2020. Submit a short story on any theme up to 2000 words.  Prizes: £200, £100, £50 Entry Fee: £6 The winning entries will also be published on the Henshawpress website and in an anthology. More here.

Golden Hare Award for Scottish Flash Fiction

The Golden Hare Award for Scottish Flash Fiction is open until August 31, 2020. The Scottish Arts Trust invites stories on any topic up to 250 words. Open to anyone over 16 years, published or unpublished, living in Scotland. Chief judges: Louise Welsh and Zoë Strachan To apply for the Golden Hare, submit an entry […]

Ovacome Writing Competition

The Ovacome Writing Competition opens on July 31, 2020. Deadline: 31 October 2020 The competition comes from Ovacome, the national ovarian cancer support charity. They are launching their writing competition to raise awareness of ovarian cancer among a new audience and funds for their support services. Submit short stories of up to 2,500 words. Theme: […]

WOW! Women On Writing Contests

The WOW! Women On Writing Contests are now open. WOW! Women On Writing Q4 2020 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest Deadline: July 31, 2020 Submit creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style. Top 3 Prizes: $500, $300, $200, plus publication, an interview, and gift card good for one item […]

Sustainable Societies Children’s Novel Competition

The Sustainable Societies Children’s Novel Competition is open until September 14, 2020. Free to enter. The competition comes from the University of Southampton and it has two categories: Pre-school/illustrated books aimed at children aged 2 to 6 (1,000 words max), and books aimed at Young Readers aged 7 to 11 (2,500 words max). All submissions […]

The 2020 Perito Prize

The 2020 Perito Prize is now open until October 1, 2020 (midnight). Free to enter. The winner will receive £500. The finalists and a selection of the best stories from the year will also be published in an Anthology. All profits from the sales of the Anthology will be donated to a youth centre organisation […]

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition 2020

The Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition 2020 is open until August 22, 2020. First prize is £600, runner-up prize is £300. Five Commended: £50 each. The Gloucestershire Prize: £200 (for Gloucestershire residents only) Sole Judge: Penelope Shuttle Entry Fee: £4, or £10 for 3. There’s a surcharge for email entries. Proceeds of the competition will be […]

The Val Wood Prize 2020: The Next Chapter

The Val Wood Prize 2020: The Next Chapter is open for entry until 31 August 2020 (5pm). Free to enter. Submit a short story (2000 words) featuring a feel-good and optimistic theme. Entrants must be aged over 16. First prize is £100 courtesy of Estuary Words Limited and the story will be published on Val […]

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2020

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2020 is open until September 14, 2020 (23:00 BST/22:00 GMT). Entry Fee: £5 to submit a poem, or £4 per poem for more than three entries. You may enter a maximum of 10 poems. Prizes: First prize – £1000, Second prize – £200 There are two categories: · English […]

Soundwork Monologue Competition

The Soundwork Monologue Competition is open until November 30, 2020. Free to enter. Any style or theme. Up to ten minutes. Prize: Recording by professional actor and production for inclusion on Soundcloud and the Soundwork website. More here.

Southam Bookfest Flash Fiction Competition

The Southam Bookfest Flash Fiction Competition is open until September 4, 2020 (noon). The competition is open to anyone over 16 and is for an original work of fiction no longer than 100 words. The words ‘tripped over’ must be included. Entry fee: £2 per story, six stories is £8. You may enter as many […]

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020

The Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020 is open until September 28, 2020. Judges: Mona Arshi & Mark Doty Prizes: £2,000, £1,000, £500. Submit poems of up to 45 lines, in English. Fees: £5/€6/$7 per poem More here.

Chalk Circle Writers Short Story Competition

The Chalk Circle Writers Short Story Competition is open until August 31, 2020. Submit up to 2,000 words, excluding the title. Entry fee: £6 Prizes: £200, £100 and £50 plus possible inclusion in their forthcoming anthology and on their website. Short listed entries will be judged by Vanessa Gebbie. More here.

The Moth Nature Writing Prize

The Moth Nature Writing Prize is now open until September 15, 2020. Judge: Richard Mabey, one of the UK’s foremost nature writers. The Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of writing – prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry – which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the […]

Grindstone Literary Writing Competitions

The Grindstone Literary Writing Competitions are now open. Grindstone 2020 Novel Prize – Judged by Catherine Cho of the Madeleine Milburn Agency Final Deadline: 28th September 2020 Entry Fee: £20 (Optional Feedback Supplement: £8) Prizes: £1000, £500, 4x £100 (+ Publication for all prize winners) Maximum Word Count: 3000 + Synopsis Grindstone 2020 Flash Fiction […]

SaveAs Writers’ International Writing Competition 2020 Post Apocalypse

The SaveAs Writers’ International Writing Competition 2020 POST Apocalypse is open until August 31, 2020. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the publication of Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban, they are looking for poems and short stories which respond to the themes of this novel. Write about an area, a society, a world before, during […]

Kindle Storyteller Award

The Kindle Storyteller Award opens on May 1st and closes on August 31st. The award is for the best self-published story in the UK. The winner will receive £20,000, marketing promotion for their title on Amazon in the UK and mentorship to help them learn and grow as a writer. Readers play a significant role […]

Book Pipeline Competitions

Book Pipeline have two writing competitions. Book Pipeline: Unpublished The Unpublished competition is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across 6 categories of fiction and nonfiction: Young Adult, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Mystery / Thriller, Literary, Outsider / Experimental, Nonfiction. Select publishers and agents get first look at the top selections for each category, including LGR Literary Agency, […]

WriteTime Short Story Competitions

The WriteTime Short Story Competitions are open to writers aged over 60. Closing dates are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 December 2020. Submit up to 1,500 words. Entry fee: £3 for one story and £5 for two stories First prize is £50. Prizes for two runners-up £25 each. Winners and highly commended stories […]

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

The Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly international competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Entry Fee: Choose your own! 50 long-listed authors will be offered publication in a print anthology and they will receive a free copy. They will also publish one story on their website every […]

Enfield Poets’ Competition

The Enfield Poets’ Competition is open until 7th March 2020. Judge: Ruth Padel Submit poems of up to 50 lines. Any theme or form. Prizes: £500, £250, £100. The winning poems will be published on the Enfield Poets’ website. Entry Fee: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 More here.

Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1,000 words.

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

Our Creative Writing Ink competition is open to writers of any nationality or age. Free to enter. Closing Date: Last date of every month. We’re looking for poetry, up to 40 lines. Open theme. You just have to submit your poem to us to info@creativewritingink.co.uk with “Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition” in the subject line. […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

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